5 Ways to Improve Your Horse’s Diet in the New Year

When it comes to feeding your horses, don’t make the same mistakes you’ve made in the past in the new year.
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When it comes to feeding your horses, don’t make the same mistakes you’ve made in the past in the new year. | Photo: Jennifer Whittle/The Horse

Another year is in the books, and a new one is just beginning. In 2018, we provided you with lots of tips and information on how to improve your horse’s health. And one of our most popular areas of interest was horse nutrition.

Before we jump into 2019, let’s take a look back at some important nutrition-related points you can use to improve your horse’s health and well-being in the new year.

1. Balance your horse’s diet.

No matter your horse’s age, breed, or workload, taking steps to feed a balanced diet is the most important nutritional consideration you can make. And while grains and forages might be staples in equine diets, they’re not necessarily balanced to meet every horse’s needs. Have your feed analyzed, or work with a nutritionist to ensure your horse is consuming a balanced diet

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Kristen M. Janicki, a lifelong horsewoman, was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky, studying under Dr. Laurie Lawrence in the area of Equine Nutrition. Kristen has been a performance horse nutritionist for an industry feed manufacturer for more than a decade. Her job entails evaluating and improving the performance of the sport horse through proper nutrition.

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